Passed away on April 23, 2016
Died on February 9, 2016
After a Short Illness
GKAA Reunion Photos
Will Be on Display
See the "Alumni" tab for information about the
Pioneers of Sport Parachuting Reunion
March 17-20, 2016
the quarterly newsletter of
It is an excellent source of news from the Team.
Issue 2015-Q2 (June)
|March 17-20, 2016||Pioneers of Sport Parachuting Reunion|
|Pioneers of Sport Parachuting, including many of our Alumni and friends, will gather in Granite, CA
The reunion will include a visit to the Jacques Istel Museum, a private DZ, plane and runway, great accommodations, the unveiling of the Hall of Fame Inductees and more.
Click here to Register (www.skydivereunions.com)
Meet the grandfather of sky diving, and connect with friends in the Yuma desert.
Contact Kim Emmons Knor at email@example.com for more information, to register, to secure a place on the jump plane, if desired, and for help, in general.
|April 14-17, 2016||Spring Break|
|Teammates, Honoraries, Family & Friends - Come make memories at the home of Don & Kelley Jenkins in Ocala, FL.
Click here to RSVP, and to get more details.
Don needs a head count for food/services. Include your T-Shirt size, please.
Where: Don and Kelly Jenkins' house inside Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club
3429 NW 85th Terrace, Ocala, Florida 34482.
Don’s contact info: 352 804-0564 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel: Comfort Inn on Hwy 27 right turn just 5 miles from the house no turns to Golden Ocala Guard Gate,
4825 NW Blitchton Rd, Ocala, Florida 34482.
Phone: 352- 482-0800. Key word for special $102 rate is “ Golden Knights”.
RSVP by March 10th to get the discount.
RV Park: Ocala RV Camp Resort 3200 SW 38th Ave 34474. Phone: 352-237-2138
Thursday April 14th 2:00 PM until 8:30 PM open house for anyone in town early, complete with food & beverages stations.
Friday April 15th noon until complete with food and beverage stations. Putting Tournament at the club beginning at 4:00 pm. RSVP to Don at email@example.com (Need to know now if you plan to participate)
Saturday April 16th Golf tournament at the club. RSVP to Don (again Don needs to know now if you plan to participate so he can make the proper reservations) Golfer's Breakfast 9:00 AM, practice tee 9:30 am, tee off at 10:00 AM.
Again there is an open house from noon until complete with food and beverage stations.
Transportation from the hotel to the Jenkin’s home will be provided, please plan on using this rather than driving individually, their home is in a gated community and using the provided transportation will make everything much easier (not to mention you can partake in adult beverages with no worries).
Please RSVP for the weekend including your arrival date and the special events as soon as possible if you plan to attend as Don is ordering food, beverages, shirts, caps and mugs.
|December 2015||2015 Alumni Reunion|
|The 2015 is scheduled for December 4-5, 2015 at the Embassy Suites, Fayetteville NC.
Keynote speaker is Alan Eustace, who just broke the high altitude free fall record set by Felix Baumgartner.
New - You can register on-line and have the option to pay using PayPal or by mail. Click here to register on-line.
Want to register by mail, click here for a printable form.
Click here for information about the reunion, including lodging options.
GKAA has negotiated discounted rates, but rooms go fast, so reserve your room soon. Mention "Golden Knights Reunion" when you reserve your room.
|May 2015||Motorcycle Poker Run|
First Bike out at 1p - Last Bike in at 5:30p
50-50 Raffle, Door Prizes, Great Food
Win a Tandem Skydive and/or Time in a Wind Tunnel
Plus More Great Prizes
$20/Hand includes Event T-Shirt
Passengers Ride Free
For More Information Call
910-818-0707 or 910-303-3991
Please support our wonderful sponsors:
PK's Grill & Pub, Rainbow, the Art Gallery, Speed Demon Bar & Grill
Sports Clips Haircuts, Pistol Defense, All American Aviation
Sandhills Harley Davidson, Cycle Gear, Guns Plus, 21st Tactical
All Veteran Parachute Team, General Jackson's, M&M Leather
Sunpath, Inc and Paraclete Sky Venture
|April 2015||Spring Fling|
|Glenn Bangs is hosting a Spring Fling Reunion the weekend of April 17-19, 2015
His address is
12018 Ambrosia Ct
Jacksonville, Fl 32223
RSVP as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, let him know if you are interested in playing golf on Saturday the 18th.
He has arranged for special room rates at the
Holiday Inn Express
11262 Old St Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Phone number: 904.899.9000
Call by April 3rd, and mention the "Golden Knight Spring Fling" when making your reservation.
The hotel is about 5 minutes from Glenn's home.
|October 2014||Congratulations Chris and Jerry|
Former Golder Knights, Chris Needels and Jerry Bourquin were inducted into the National Skydiving Museum's Hall of Fame on October 11, 2014 in Fayetteville, NC. The event also paid tribute to the Golden Knights as a unit.
To learn more about Jerry Bourquin, click here.
To learn more about Chris Needels, click here.
|October 2014||National Skydiving Museum Hall of Fame Honors Golden Knights
|The Golden Knights, Chris Needels and Jerry Bourquin will be honored
at this year's Hall of Fame Induction and Tribute event in Fayetteville/Raeford the
weekend of October 9-12, 2014.
The weekend includes activities of all types, including wind tunnel time, golfing, competitions, receptions, and much more.
Click here to read all the details.
To register, click here.
Events of all types are planned during this special occasion.
|May 2014||2014 Poker Run|
|The Golden Knights Alumni Association is sponsoring the Second Annual Poker Run as a fundraiser. We welcome all bikers.
Date: May 10, 2014.
Starting at the Speakeasy, 3983 Sycamore Dairy Rd, Fayetteville, the first bike goes out at 11:00am. The last bike in will be by 5:00pm.
The entry fee is $25.00 and includes an event t-shirt. Registration starts at 9am. There are many great prizes. There will be free music, a 50-50 raffle, door prizes and great food!
|April 2014||Spring Break|
|Steve & Mary Beth Salisbury
will host this year's
Spring Break Mini Reunion
Click here for all the details.
|Reunion 2013||Joe Kittinger is Keynote Speaker|
Kittinger, who in 2011 spoke about his record-setting jumps in the early 1960s, will be this year's keynote speaker.
|November 2015||Change of Responsibility|
|TJ Holland passes responsibility to Rodney O'Dell
November 10, 2015 at 10a
R-3605 Hurst Street
Pope Army Airfield, NC 28308
|April 2015||Change of Responsibility|
|Bryan Schnell passes responsibliity for the USAPT to
April 23, 2015 at 3p
Team HQ on Butner Rd
|2015 - Ongoing||Glide Path|
|Be sure to read the latest issue of The Glide Path,the quarterly newsletter of the USAPT.
It is an excellent source of news from the Team.
There are lots of pictures from our successes in competitions, and much more.
Issue 2015-Q1 (Mar) Issue 2015-Q2 (Jun)
|July 2014||Change of Command|
You are invited to welcome
the new Team Commander, LTC Matthew J Weinrich
|November 2013||Official Graduation for Newbies|
The Graduation for the newest members to join the Golden Knights family will take place Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 1000 hrs.
The ceremony will be at the Laurinburg-Maxton location. Come on out and meet the newbies.
|2013||New Team Web Address|
|Find News, Blogs, Calendars, Team Biographies, and more at the new online home of the Golden Knights: http://armygk.armylive.dodlive.mil/
|Please share memories of your time on the Team with these and other Teammates,
so we can update their profiles. Click to share your comments.
|April 23, 2016||Arnold Fisher|
|Team Photographer from 1967-70, Arnold died on April 23, 2016.
Click to review his obituary.
|February 9, 2016||Robert "Bob" Peterson|
|Bob Peterson passed away on February 9, 2016 after a short illness. Bob served on the Team for most of the period between 1966-1977. Here is Bob's obituary. It includes information about his celebration of life on April 9, 2016.
Robert Peterson of Clearlake Oaks, California passed away February 9, 2016 at their winter getaway in Arizona. Bob was born in Camden New Jersey on December 5, 1938.
He spent a large part of his life serving his country. Part of the 22 years he spent in the Army was spent in Vietnam. It was in the Army that he fell in love with parachuting and competed throughout the world as a member of the Golden Knights Parachute Team.
Bob was a pastor for the Universal Life Church. After retiring from the Army he remained active in the community as a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose for over 25 years. While in the MOOSE he served as the governor and as a Legionnaire. Bob was also a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Bob loved to travel and enjoyed their winter getaway in Arizona. Just as the weather would start to chill in California he would become a snow bird and head to Arizona.
Bob is survived by his wife June, six children, nine grandchildren and one great-grand daughter.
|October 2015||James "Jim" Anderson|
Jim Anderson passed away on October 23, 2015. Jim was the third Team Commands of the USAPT. Team members visited him earlier in the year which was a highlight for the Team.
Arrangements for the memorial are scheduled for sometime in 2016 (TBD).
|August 2015||Corey Hood|
|Corey Hood died on August 16, 2015 after a mid-air collision with another jumper during the Chicago Air and Water Show. The other jumper, a Navy Leap Frog, is expected to recover fully.
Click here to sign his memorial guest book.
5-9p, Friday August 21, 2015
West Chester Church of the Nazarene
7951 Tylersville Road
West Chester Twp
10a Saturday, August 22, 2015
Lakota West High School
8940 Union Centre Blvd
West Chester Twp
Funeral arrangements by Hodapp Funeral Homes
|July 13, 2015||Steve Scott|
|Steve Scott died on July 13, 2015
The viewing for Steve Scott is:
3809 Raeford Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28304
Funeral Services also at Cunningham & Sons:
The family prepared the following tribute to Steve:
Click here to visit the website about Steve created by son, Sean.
|June 6, 2016||Paul Horn|
|Paul Horn died June 6, 2015 after battling melanoma.
Paul was laid to rest in NAS Pensacola Cemetery in Floriday on Friday, June 12 2015.
Click here to see his obituary.
|May 2015||Gary Schmid|
|Gary "Schmidy Dude" Schmid died on May 21, 2015 after battling a disease of the Spinal Cord.
The funeral will be held
June 6, 2015
Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home
233 N State St
Eden Valley, MN 55329
Eden Lake Cemetary, Eden Valley
Click Here for his obituary.
|November, 2014||Charlie Harris|
|Charlie Harris passed away on November 22, 2014.
Sign the on-line guestbook.
may be made to the
Golden Knights Alumni Association
PO Box 42401
Fayetteville, NC 28309
Charlie served 2 tours with the Team:
1964-1968 and 1969-1973.
He contributed to more than 50 world records.
The Harris Family - Charlie, John, Ro & Steve
|November, 2014||Oliver "Al" Fitzwater|
Oliver "Al" Fitzwater died on November 3, 2014
|September, 2014||Mick Howard - Memorial|
Tentatively, a memorial for Mick Howard is scheduled for the Labor Day weekend:
|July 22, 2014||Dee McDonald - Memorial|
|Dee McDonald, wife of Coy McDonald, will be interred at
Arlington National Cemetary on July 22, 2014 at 10:00am.
Please arrive 30 minutes before the service, if you plan to attend.
|June, 2014||Bobby " Spider" Wrenn Ash Jump|
Bobby "Spider" Wrenn
Spider Made His Final Jump
Friday, June 27, 2014 10:00am
Fort Bragg, NC, Parade Ground
|June 15, 2014||John R Snyder|
John R Snyder, team mate from 1967-1969, died of a massive heart attack on June 15. 2014. Read his obituary.
|June 4, 2014||Michael "Mick" Howard|
|Mick Howard passed away June
4, 2014 after a short battle with cancer.
No memorial details have been annouced at this time.
|April 9, 2014||Bobby " Spider" Wrenn|
A Legend Passes and Heaven Wept
There will be a Memorial Service at the on Monday, 14 April 2014.
Visitation from 1 PM to 1:45 PM (1300 to 1345).
Memorial Service from 2 PM to 3 PM (1400 to 1500)
In lieu of flowers the Family would prefer you make donations to the
|April 2014||Dan Williams - Ash Jump|
Dan Williams, team member in the early 1970s, will make his final jump in April, 2014.
|March 25, 2014||Dee McDonald|
|Sadly, Dee McDonald, wife of Coy McDonald, lost her battle with cancer.
Send Coy your message of support and sympathy.
Tangible expressions of sympathy are not expected, but are appreciated.
If you are so inclined, please make a donation in Dee's name to one of these groups:
Send a check to:
Golden Knights Alumni Association
PO Box 4201
Fayetteville, NC 28309
Donate online or send a check to:
National Skydiving Museum
5401 Southpoint Centre Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
|Ongoing||Golden Knights Flags|
|To order a Golden Knights Commemorative Flag
Contact Tina at email@example.com
or call 910-261-2077
The cost is $98.00 + shipping.
Bob McDermott proudly displays his at left.
|Ongoing||Memorial & Commemorative Stone Work with GK Designs|
New Future Granite provided the stone base for the Memorial statue that rests in front of the Team headquarters.
|Ongoing||Discount to Military
|Lowes Home Improvement Centers offer a 10% discount to military personnel. Your Golden Knight ID card will also get you this discount.
|Ongoing||Want a Black TEAM Jacket?
|Order a Black Team Jacket directly from:
JEB Designs, ATTN: Greg Edge, PO Box 65149, Fayetteville, NC 28306, 910 423-7676. firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost is $140.00 + SH and includes the team embroidery on the back and personalized embroidery on the front. The jackets are shipped directly to you.
Patches are not included. Order patches from the Golden Knights Store.
|April 2013||Photos from the 2013 Reunion|
|Click Here to See the Photos from the 2013 Reunion
Please send us your photos. Click here to send us a message.
|July 2013||New Videos in the Gallery|
|Check out the newly-added videos,
1972 commercial for the US Army and the 1964 Summer Sports Spectacular, both featuring the Golden Knights.
Visit the Gallery > Visual Media to see others. More are coming.
|June 2013||Search Our Assets|
|Looking for someone? Want to reconnect with a time or place?
Tired of scrolling through the Gallery?
Look for the magnifier and use the new Search feature to scroll through our thousands of Assets. Our Assets include photos, news clippings, letters & other documents, memorabilia, audio/visual content, and much more.
Use Wildcard to search multiple values, or mix and match your criteria.
You can also scan the entire site, using a Google search.
Look in the gray box for tips, examples and techniques to help you find what you are looking for.
|May 2013||Vintage Postcards of Fort Bragg|
|TheCumberland County Historical Society has compiled an extraordinary collection of photographs that spotlight early 20th century photographs from Fort Bragg. Click here to see some that will be included in our historical pages.|
|April 2013 - Ongoing||New Reunion Photographs|
|Pictures from reunions beginning in the 1960s through this decade
have been added to the Gallery.
Click here to view the albums.
We'd love to add your collection to our albums.
Click here to send us your memories from past reunions.
|January 2013||The Big Picture 1961 Re-Discovered|
CPT James Perry introducing an
"The Big Picture"
which featured the recently-formed
United States Army Parachute Team
|An early movie about the use of parachuting in the military,
and the development of the USAPT
has recently resurfaced.
Produced by the US Army, circa 1961, this episode of "The Big Picture" is a real treasure.
It features the first commander of the USAPT, CPT James Perry, and footage of many of
our original teammates.
Click to view the video.
Click to view other feature films.
|Ongoing||Updating the Website with Your Photos and Information
We welcome your contributions and thank those who have already shared their mementos and memories. We have collected a wealth of new material. It has taken more than 50 years to create this history. It won't take that long to update the website, but it will take a significant effort. Please be patient. Keep checking the site over the next months and see what's new. And keep sending in your material.